Colonel William R. Furr
Born in Austin Texas on December 15th, 1947 Colonel William R. Furr begun his military career in 1968, when he enlisted in the 122nd Car Company of the Texas Army National Guard. He attended the State's Officer Candidate School and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in 1971.
His first assignment was in the ammunition office of the 71st Airborne Brigade, Texas Army National Guard and in 1973 he was assigned as the Assistant Division Ammunition Officer of 49th Armored Division. As a company grade officer he commanded the 49th Division Material Management Center and Company D, 949th Maintenance Battalion. His field grade officer assignments included; Maintenance Management Officer, 49th Material Management Center, Forward Area Support Coordination Officer to the 2nd Brigade, 49th Armored Division, Executive Officer 1st Forward Support Battalion and Security, Plans and Operations Officer for the 49th Division Support Command. Colonel Furr commanded the 111th Support Battalion (Forward) and the 249th Support Battalion (Main) of the 49th Division Support Command. He also served as the Deputy Director of Maintenance, Director of Facilities and Engineering and Director of Maintenance for the State Area Readiness Command.
Colonel Furr also served as a Military Technician within the Directorates of Logistics, Maintenance and Facilities and Engineering. His twenty two years of Civilian supervisory experience improved morale and proficiency in all of his areas of responsibility as his influence touched nearly every part of the Texas Army National Guard and the Adjutant General's Department.
Colonel Furr graduated from Lanier High School in 1966 and earned his Bachelor's of Science Degrees in Social Psychology and Human Resources Management from Park College in 1987, Summa Cum Laude. He received a Masters of Education degree in Counseling and Guidance from Southwest Texas State University in 1992, as a member of the Psi Chi, National Honor Society.
Colonel Furr's numerous military awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, Air Force Achievement Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal and National Defense Service Medal. His state awards include the Lone Star Distinguished Service Medal, Texas Outstanding Service Medal, Texas Medal of Merit and the Texas Faithful Service Ribbon.
With nearly thirty four years of service, Colonel Furr's irreproachable character, prestigious record and outstanding performance of duty reflect the highest credit upon himself, his family the State of Texas and the Army National Guard.
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